Search

Heritage group publish history of market place in time for Christmas

PUBLISHED: 11:04 07 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 07 November 2018

Traders of the Triangle front cover. PHOTO: Diss Heritage Triangle Trust CIO

Traders of the Triangle front cover. PHOTO: Diss Heritage Triangle Trust CIO

Archant

Diss Heritage Triangle are set to publish a book telling the story of the town and how it has changed over the centuries.

A map in Traders of the Traingle. PHOTO: Diss Heritage Triangle Trust CIOA map in Traders of the Traingle. PHOTO: Diss Heritage Triangle Trust CIO

Traders of the Triangle and their Shops documents the history of each property in the traditional centre of the town, and examines the many and various uses that each has housed over the years.

The book shows how the medieval weekly market was established as a social and commercial meeting point which evolved during Victorian times into the shopping high street.

Part of the Heritage Lottery-funded Diss Heritage Triangle Programme, the book is the work of four authors, one being Emeritus Professor Alun Howkins, whose life’s work centred around the rural labouring poor.

Having become a Norfolk resident, he extended this interest to research the history of the Heritage Triangle, while other residents and traders with knowledge of the town also contributed information.

Brian Falk, co-author, said: “Last year marked the end of a seven-year project to regenerate the appearance and identity of the Diss Heritage Triangle, a project built on the town’s history and culture and rooted in the ever-changing progression of its fiercely independent traders.

“This book shows how the context, look and success of a town centre is maintained by that centuries-old pattern. Shopping is not enough to create character, a town centre has to be a meeting place and its character and the style is created by the traders.

“Diss is fortunate as is clearly shown in this book. Its title, Traders of the Triangle and their Shops, could just as easily have been Traders make the Triangle.”

Illustrations show the diversity of shops trades and traders that have given will be published by the Triangle CIO in mid-November.

John Atkinson, graphic designer, said: “The book took a long time to put together, but the wealth of photographs and documents made it a real pleasure to work on. The graphic elements were extremely interesting to design with because of their wonderful variety. I’m delighted with the result.”

The hardback has 168 pages with hundreds of old photographs, and up-to-date information about the current traders. It will go on sale at selected shops in the Triangle and online, for £20.

Other news

08:55

Hundreds of households have been left facing days without heating, hot water or being able to cook after damage to a gas mains pipe.

A lorry broken down on the A11 is causing delays for motorists this morning (November 13).

Yesterday, 19:30

A woman who killed an 80-year-old great-grandmother in a head-on car crash has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Yesterday, 14:25

Serious safety incidents led to 35 deaths at the region’s mental health trust over a six month period, figures have revealed.

Most Read

Yesterday, 19:30

A woman who killed an 80-year-old great-grandmother in a head-on car crash has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Read more
08:55

Hundreds of households have been left facing days without heating, hot water or being able to cook after damage to a gas mains pipe.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:54

It was the war to end all wars in which millions of people died on the battlefields of Europe and further afield. A hundred years on South Norfolk paid its respects to the fallen and marked the armistice.

Read more
St Mary's Church
Friday, November 9, 2018

A Suffolk pervert could be facing jail after uploading sick images of children online under the pseudonym ‘bbyboy’.

Read more
Ipswich Crown Court

A lorry broken down on the A11 is causing delays for motorists this morning (November 13).

Read more
Dereham

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Diss Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy